long time friend just sold his rig..using the funds to pay off all debt and retire earlier than he had planned. He pulled through the covid nonsense when truckers were banned from using restrooms, being able to sit down to a lousy restaurant meal, etc. and now, these costs...yeah, there is huge demand for CDLs out there right now, but for an O/O....the math on the contracts just don't work.I retired from trucking in 2016. The KW I drove had dual 120 tanks. I usually filled the 75g reefer tank while I fueled. If I put in 50, + the 240, at a approximate $3.40 price back then, that would total $986.00 6 years ago.
Today, if I filled at the nearest diesel pump in a small town 8 miles away at their current $5.49 per gallon, that would total $1592.10
There is no way paying loads have come up to meet these fuel costs today. Fuel surcharges have to be added to fuel costs, and someone somewhere has to be eating some fuel costs, which is the owner/owners of the truck delivering your food and those TV's in front of your recliner.
That KW I drove averaged 6 mpg. I pulled a lot of hills in Arkansas, which lowered that mpg tremendously.